WHO WE ARE
We are a not for profit organisation who provide life enhancing exercise programmes to older adults and patient groups. Siel Bleu Ireland is the first specific effort to promote exercise among older adults and patient groups in Ireland, with the aim of improving overall wellbeing. We design our programmes with a preventive approach that benefits all adults, at any age, and at any stage of their lives. We promote the autonomy and wellbeing of older people and people with chronic disease, ensuring that everyone has the capacity and self-confidence necessary to live an independent and happy life.
Siel Bleu offers group exercise programmes in nursing homes/daycare centres, with patient groups, in communities and one to one sessions in private homes. Our expert Physical Trainers gauge the ability of each participant and tailor classes to meet the group needs. Together this results in programmes which have a real physical, social and psychological impact.
THE SIEL BLEU ASSOCIATION
Siel Bleu was established in France in 1997 by two Sports Science students who wanted to utilise adapted exercise programmes to fulfil the unmet need for preventative exercises for older adults. With over 22 years of experience delivering these programmes to older adults, The Siel Bleu Association now comprises of 700+ Physical Trainers delivering 180,000 of physical activity France, Spain, Belgium and Ireland.
SIEL BLEU IRELAND GOVERNANCE
Our vision is to create a society where older adults can experience the benefits of physical activity, irrespective of social, cultural or economic background.
Siel Bleu Ireland aim to provide affordable and accessible exercise programmes for all members of Irelands older population irrespective of their level of ability or physical health
The Board of Directors have agreed the values of Siel Bleu Ireland and publicise them widely (for example, on our website, annual report, employee handbook, reception area). The values are:
Siel Bleu Ireland is on the journey towards full adherence with the governance code; A Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland. To see the register of compliant organisations and those on their journey to compliance, click here.
When we Started
Siel Bleu Ireland was founded in Ireland September 2010 as part of an Ashoka Changemakers initiative, starting off with three classes per week. Siel Bleu Ireland now delivers services to over 6000 people per week
How we are Funded
Siel Bleu Ireland charge a fee for the delivery of our services. In 2018, 91% of our overall revenue came from revenue for the delivery of services. We also receive grant funding from corporate partners and private foundations.
Siel Bleu Ireland is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No: 488914c) with charitable status (Charity Number CHY19489). The registered office is 18 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
We are governed by a Board of Directors comprising of people with the appropriate mix of skills, knowledge and experience to support Siel Bleu Ireland. The Board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Siel Bleu Ireland with progress and goals reviewed at each Board Meeting.
Roger Jupp – Chairman of The Board
Caroline Daly – Board Member
Fiona Rafferty – Board Member
Phil Jakeman – Board Member
Guillaume Lefebvre – Board Member
Jean Daniel Muller – Board Member